Embrace a Fresh Start: You Are Not Defined by Your Past

You Are Not Your Past 

I saw this quote a few years ago and I saved it because it really spoke to me –

Just because you did something wrong in the past doesn’t mean you can’t advocate against it now. It doesn’t make you a hypocrite. YOU GREW. Don’t let people use your past to invalidate your current mindset.

You might have made some really big mistakes in the past. You could have even gone to jail for some of them. But that doesn’t mean the devil is allowed to hold you captive thinking you can’t talk about the right things now.

A lot of the time we fail to reach our full potential, we fail to help someone going through what we did, we fail to stop someone from going down a broken path because we think we’ll be labeled a “hypocrite.”

Use Your Experiences To Help Others

You went through what you went through and God brought you through to the other side so that you can help other people.

Paul said in 2 Corinthians 12:9-10

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

2 Corinthians 12:9-10

You’ve grown from your past. It’s made you who you are today. And you, like Paul, can gladly talk about your weaknesses because:

  1. Your past doesn’t define you.
  2. Someone else can overcome this struggle by hearing that you overcame it.

Kristen James

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  1. Wyseca Wilcoxson on July 25, 2023 at 5:51 am

    Amen! I am Not defined by my past. Praise God for His Goodness and Mercy. Thank you Jesus for bringing me through to the other side and not letting me look like what I have been through. I will walk and talk with a Praise in my heart, for you Jesus are good and your mercy endures forever amen!

    • Kristen James on August 2, 2023 at 10:28 am

      Amen!! You are a new creation!!!

  2. Annette Bissinger on July 25, 2023 at 10:15 am

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    Thank you so much for this. It’s some thing that my son needs to read and understand he is struggling so much from his past that he can’t seem to move onto the future and everything that God has for him. Please pray for my son his name is Tom
    Thank you so much
    Annette Bissinger

    • Kristen James on August 2, 2023 at 10:28 am

      Praying for him and YOU Annette! Keep us updated!! <3

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